Category: Gun Control

Guns, Violence and Advertising in the Age of Trumpism, Hate and Fear

Guns, Violence and Advertising in the Age of Trumpism, Hate and Fear
The above advertisement caught my eye as I thumbed through a magazine while cooling my heels at the Denver airport. It’s a lot to take in. There’s a casual, but urgent proffer of weapons of annihilation.  I’m not anti-gun but let’s face it, the AR-15 is exquisitely designed to inflict catastrophic damage to flesh and... Read more »

It's been 18 Years Since Columbine, 6 Years Since Sandy Hook and Four months Since Las Vegas: Still Too Soon to Talk about Guns, Paul Ryan?

It's been 18 Years Since Columbine, 6 Years Since Sandy Hook and Four months Since Las Vegas:  Still Too Soon to Talk about Guns, Paul Ryan?
One hundred people died in the three shootings listed above, but Paul Ryan says we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. A teenager with an AR-15 killed seventeen people at a high school in Parkland, Florida.  What conclusions are we jumping to, Mr. Speaker? What if your daughter, Elizabeth and her friends were among the victims? The... Read more »

Illinois Legislators Need to Pass Barbara Wheeler's HB 4120 or Admit That They Suck

Illinois Legislators Need to Pass Barbara Wheeler's HB 4120 or Admit That They Suck
In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, Illinois’ first attempt to outlaw “bump stocks” failed. Perhaps Illinois lawmakers were reluctant to appear sympathetic to the victims of mass shootings. In a piece I wrote last week entitled, “Guns Don’t Kill People, the NRA and the Politicians in Their Pockets Kill People,” I referred to... Read more »
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Guns Don't Kill People, the NRA and the Politicians in Their Pockets Kill People

Guns Don't Kill People, the NRA and the Politicians in Their Pockets Kill People
There’s some truth to the saying “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” There’s nothing that an inanimate object, like a gun can do of its own volition.  Like many of man’s inventions, it requires the human touch. The problem, as I see it is keeping innocent guns out of the hands of people inclined... Read more »

Don't Let Alex Jones Tell You that the Las Vegas Massacre was a Hoax

Don't Let Alex Jones Tell You that the Las Vegas Massacre was a Hoax
Note: Between the time I wrote this piece and the time I hit the “Publish” button, the NRA has asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to review whether “bump stocks” comply with federal law.  I’m going to need time to digest this new development, but I plan to err on the side... Read more »

Here's Why I Burned My NRA Card Today - Reposted

Here's Why I Burned My NRA Card Today - Reposted
The following was posted on November 4, 2016.  It seemed appropriate to re-post it today: I burned my NRA card today because I am completely fed up with their obstructionist policies, fear mongering and phony 2nd Amendment defense arguments. NOTE:  You can save yourself the hassle of reading this by clicking HERE to see the... Read more »
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One Gun, Two Seconds, Three Men Dead

One Gun, Two Seconds, Three Men Dead
From a written manuscript found in a seedy bar in Moscow, Iowa: The first time I ever fired a handgun, three men died. Technically, it was the first, second and third times I fired a handgun, but that’s how these things go. Every bullet has the potential to write its own tale of tragedy, grief... Read more »

Here's why I Burned My NRA Card Today

Here's why I Burned My NRA Card Today
I burned my NRA card today because I am completely fed up with their obstructionist policies, fear mongering and phony 2nd Amendment defense arguments. NOTE:  You can save yourself the hassle of reading this by clicking HERE to see the YouTube video. I was tossing out some old newspapers last week when I noticed the... Read more »

What to expect when you hold up a bodega

What to expect when you hold up a bodega
If you’re planning to hold up a bodega, the best advice anyone can give you is, “Don’t do it.”  If you can’t be dissuaded, please read on. Here in Chicago, most people don’t call the local convenience stores bodegas, but the name seems to be gaining traction.  New York is famous for its bodegas.  There’s... Read more »
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Republicans and the NRA want to put an end to our nation's weekly school shootings

Republicans and the NRA want to put an end to our nation's weekly school shootings
Republicans and the NRA want to put an end to our nation’s weekly school shootings.  That’s my headline and I’m sticking to it.  If you don’t believe it, congratulations.  Your brain is still working. With regards to any kind of sensible gun control, gun violence or school shootings, Republicans and the NRA want to do... Read more »